Fifty Fabulous Facts for Friday

Fifty Fabulous Facts for Friday

I haven’t done one of these lists in awhile and I thought it would be fun. Well, at least it was for me.

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  1. Jorge de la Rosa, Tim Lincecum, and Ricky Nolasco have each made exactly 100 starts and de la Rosa has 44 wins, and Lincecum and Nolasco have 45 each.
  2. After the Seattle 4-1 win over Minnesota last night, Felix Hernandez has now made 150 starts and has a record of 61-45.
  3. The Braves have won nine straight after beating the Dodgers last night. They won 15-straight in 2000.
  4. The Reds lead the National League in runs, average, slugging and OPS.
  5. Josh Johnson is now 6-2 with a 2.10 ERA after his win over Milwaukee last night.
  6. Since 2000, the Yankees have had 14 hitting streaks of 17 games or more (Robinson Cano is now at 17) with the longest being Derek Jeter who hit in 25 straight in 2006. Last season Cano hit in 18 straight which is his personal best.
  7. Justin Masterson is 0-11 in his last 17 appearances. Last year he had a streak in which he went 0-2 in 17 appearances and in 2008 he went 0-3 in 20 appearances.
  8. The Giants are 6-4 in their last ten games but don’t be mis-led, they are 10-10 in their last 20 games and 15-15 in their last 30 games.
  9. This season, Cincy’s Micah Owings is pitching like a pitcher (3.86 ERA) and hitting like a pitcher (.111)
  10. Amongst pitchers with at least 10 starts this season, there are 30 with an ERA under 3.00 and 17 under 2.50. Last season ended with 13 under 3.00 and four under 2.50.
  11. Aubrey Huff’s first six home runs have all come at home and all have come leading off innings.
  12. Pitcher Mike Leake is a great story because he has gone straight into the Reds rotation without pitching in the minors and is 4-0 in 10 starts. He’s also hitting .381 with 8 hits in 21 at bats.
  13. Last year ROY, Chris Coghlin is up to .249 after hitting .400 over the last 10 games.
  14. The Mets (28-28) and the Angels (27-27) are both at .500.
  15. Toronto’s Jose Bautista has 16 homers, which ties his career high set in 2006 with Pittsburgh. He was also hit by 16 pitches that season; he’s been hit three times this year.
  16. Mark Grudzielanek has a .283 batting average and a .283 slugging average. This season he has 30 hits but no doubles, triples or homers in 91 at bats.
  17. Chipper Jones has always been a good hitter and always good at drawing walks, but he has never had more walks than hits. This season he has 38 walks and 36 hits.
  18. Gordon Beckham is hitting an even .200 after hitting .159 in May.
  19. Expecting many sermons this weekend on the subject WWJD, as in What Would Joyce Do?
  20. Right now John Lackey’s ERA is over a run higher than last year (4.95 to 3.83) and his WHIP of 1.663 is dramatically higher than the career 1.306 WHIP he had entering the season.
  21. That's Yaz on the lower right

    The last batting Triple Crown winner was Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. Miguel Cabrera is tied for the home run lead with Paul Konerko with 16, leads the AL with 51 RBI and is third in batting with a .352 average.

  22. The Royals are the only team in the majors without a team shutout. The Padres have nine.
  23. Houston center fielder Michael Bourn already has seven assists, four short of his career-high total from last season.
  24. The Orioles have been swept in seven series this season.
  25. Oliver Perez may not be good, but at least he is consistent. Last year he averaged 7.9 walks per nine innings, 9.4 hits per nine innings and had a WHIP of 1.924. This year he’s averaging 7.7 walks, 10.0 hits and has a WHIP of 1.966.
  26. Don’t you get the feeling that Junior Griffey will be entering the Hall of Fame with Trevor Hoffman? Junior was 3-for-12 against Hoffman in his career.
  27. The Red Sox and Yankees have the best rivalry in sports but no sport can match the championship rivalry between the Celtics and the Lakers.
  28. Last season for the Phils, Joe Blanton averaged 7.5 strikeouts per nine innings, this year he is down to 4.5.
  29. Quick question, who has more homers, Rod Barajas, Prince Fielder, Ryan Howard or David Wright? Barajas has 11, the other three have nine each.
  30. Kurt Suzuki had a pair of homers at Fenway yesterday, the first Oakland catcher to do that since Gene Tenace 35 years ago.
  31. So far, the Blue Jays Shaun Marcum gets my vote for AL Comeback Pitcher of the year. After missing the entire 2009 season, he’s 5-2 with a 2.77 ERA and nine Quality Starts out of 12 trips to the hill.
  32. The Yankees have played only one extra-inning game this year (they won it).
  33. Shelly Duncan is hitting .308 for Cleveland. Shelly’s dad Dave played with the Tribe as did these other illustrious father son combos: Earl and Earl Averill, Camilo and Mark Carreon, Jim and Jim Bagby, and Tito and Terry Francona.
  34. The Nationals have allowed 28 unearned runs in 32 games.
  35. If MLB adds a fifth umpire for video calls, I hope he also is the official scorer.
  36. No team has won 20 games at home, but the Rays are 21-6 on the road.
  37. Do you feel better now that Kevin Millwood is 0-6 with an ERA over 4.00 (4.29)? I wonder if the Rangers are inquiring about getting him back.
  38. The Mariners Jose Lopez is hitting .219 against righties and .315 against lefties.
  39. Oakland is 10-2 in one-run games.
  40. The Chosen One threw five innings and 89 pitches, allowing no runs, three hits, five strike outs, and one walk. Next up for him will be when the Washington Strasburgs face the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 8.
  41. Home run #630, the final one for Ken Griffey was hit on October 3, 2009 against Tommy Hunter of the Rangers.
  42. After 40 games, the Washington Nationals, Oakland A’s, and the Boston Red Sox had 20-20 records. Since then, the Strasburgs are 6-9, the A’s are 9-6, and the Bostons are 11-4.
  43. Will the White Sox trade A.J. Pierzynski? On June 14, he will become a “5-and-10” man and tougher to deal.
  44. Brennan Boesch had three more hits yesterday and is hitting .380 with runners in scoring position. Not bad for a rookie. Overall, he is hitting .333 with 39 hits. The other rook on the Tigers, Austin Jackson, has 73 hits and is hitting .341.
  45. Carlos Silva is the leader for the Comeback Pitcher of the Year in the NL. With a 7-0 he has surpassed his 2008-09 five-win total with Seattle.
  46. Jamie Moyer now has 10 complete game shutouts in his career, spanning four decades: one each in 1986, 1988, 1993, three in 1998, two in 2002 and one each in 2006 and 2010.
  47. In four years managing the Orioles, Dave Trembley was 187-283 for a .398 winning percentage. In four years managing the Nationals and the Indians, Manny Acta is 177-285 for a .383 winning percentage.
  48. Good luck to Juan Samuel as the new Baltimore interim manager. My memory of him is that he was the key guy the Mets traded for in June 1989 giving the Philadelphia Phillies Lenny Dykstra and Roger McDowell.
  49. I love walkoffs, which is why today I love Carlos Lee who hit a two-run walkoff off Matt Capps to give Houston a 6-4 win over Washington.
  50. It could happen, because it happened already. Last year, Zack Greinke was the AL Cy Young Award winner. This year, he leads the AL with seven losses. In 1972, Steve Carlton was the NL Cy Young Award winner. The next year, Lefty led the NL with 20 losses.

Forget to Vote

The latest in the race for AL All-Star Catcher

Joe Mauer 54 1,138,286
Jorge Posada 31 427,310
Victor Martinez 50 222,527
Taylor Teagarden 1, yes one .037 avg. 172,510
Mike Napoli 36 131,588

Today, Friday, June 4, 2010


Red Sox (31-24) @ Orioles (15-39), 7:05pm

BOS: Clay Buchholz (25, RHP, 7-3, 2.73)

BAL: Chris Tillman (22, RHP, 0-0, 3.18)

Yankees (34-20) @ Blue Jays (31-24), 7:07pm

NYY: A.J. Burnett (33, RHP, 6-2, 3.28)

TOR: Brett Cecil (23, LHP, 5-2, 3.81)

Rays (36-18) @ Rangers (28-25), 8:05pm

TBR: Wade Davis (24, RHP, 5-4, 4.04)

TEX: C.J. Wilson (29, LHP, 3-3, 3.48)

Tigers (28-25) @ Royals (22-33), 8:10pm

DET: Max Scherzer (25, RHP, 2-4, 6.42)

KCR: Bruce Chen (33, LHP, 1-0, 2.70)

Indians (19-33) @ White Sox (23-30), 8:10pm

CLE: Justin Masterson (25, RHP, 0-5, 5.87)

CHW: John Danks (25, LHP, 4-4, 3.34)

Twins (31-23) @ Athletics (29-26), 10:05pm

MIN: Scott Baker (28, RHP, 5-4, 4.48)

OAK: Dallas Braden (26, LHP, 4-5, 3.60)

Angels (28-28) @ Mariners (22-31), 10:10pm

LAA: Joe Saunders (29, LHP, 3-6, 5.09)

SEA: Ian Snell (28, RHP, 0-3, 4.58)


Padres (32-21) @ Phillies (28-24), 7:05pm

SDP: Mat Latos (22, RHP, 5-3, 3.08)

PHI: Roy Halladay (33, RHP, 7-3, 1.99)

Reds (31-23) @ Nationals (26-29), 7:05pm

CIN: Aaron Harang (32, RHP, 4-5, 5.48)

WSN: Livan Hernandez (35, RHP, 4-3, 2.15)

Giants (28-24) @ Pirates (22-31), 7:05pm

SFG: Jonathan Sanchez (27, LHP, 3-4, 2.90)

PIT: Zach Duke (27, LHP, 3-5, 5.09)

Marlins (28-27) @ Mets (27-27), 7:10pm

FLA: Anibal Sanchez (26, RHP, 5-2, 2.89)

NYM: R.A. Dickey (35, RHP, 2-0, 2.84)

Cubs (24-29) @ Astros (20-34), 8:05pm

CHC: Carlos Zambrano (29, RHP, 1-3, 6.12)

HOU: Felipe Paulino (26, RHP, 0-7, 4.40)

Brewers (22-32) @ Cardinals (31-23), 8:15pm

MIL: Randy Wolf (33, LHP, 4-4, 4.46)

STL: Adam Wainwright (28, RHP, 7-3, 2.28)

Rockies (28-25) @ D-backs (20-34), 9:40pm

COL: Aaron Cook (31, RHP, 2-3, 4.97)

ARI: Ian Kennedy (25, RHP, 3-3, 3.38)

Braves (32-22) @ Dodgers (31-23), 10:10pm

ATL: Kenshin Kawakami (35, RHP, 0-7, 4.66)

LAD: Clayton Kershaw (22, LHP, 5-3, 2.95)

On this date

This was released on June 4, 1984

Last year June 4, 2009, Randy Johnson won his 300th game.

Get out your harmonica and play Happy Birthday to Phil Linz who is 71 today.